Hiplet Ballerinas to Perform at Heritage Center

Oct 11, 2019

DUBUQUE, Iowa – University of Dubuque Heritage Center continues its seventh annual Live at Heritage Center Performing Arts Series with Hiplet Ballerinas at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15, in John and Alice Butler Hall.

WHAT:            Hiplet Ballerinas, Live at Heritage Center Performing Arts Series

WHEN:            7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15

WHERE:          John and Alice Butler Hall, Heritage Center, University of Dubuque

TICKETS:        UD Students: First ticket free, additional tickets $5 in advance, $9 day of show; UD Faculty/Staff, Alumni, Parents of Current UD Students, Military, and Veterans: $19-$30 in advance, $24-$35 day of show; General Public: $25-$35 in advance, $30-$40 day of show; Children and Non-UD Students: $15 in advance, $20 day of show

*Free UD student admission made possible by Student Government Association, Women in Aviation, African Student Association, and Black Student Union.

Hiplet (pronounced ‘hip-lay’) combines classical pointe technique with African, Latin, hip-hop, and urban dance styles. Homer Hans Bryant, artistic director at Chicago Multicultural Dance Center, created Hiplet to make ballet accessible to all by mixing the dance style with current popular songs familiar to audiences who might not normally attend ballet performances.

Featuring 10 dancers, performances may incorporate African drums with Tchaikovsky, arabesques, beat-boxing, or even Tango en pointe – all while showcasing Hiplet’s trademark sass, hip movements, and struts accompanied by popular music audiences will recognize from Black Violin to Beyoncè.

Hiplet Ballerinas first found fame in 2016 when their videos went viral on BuzzFeed, Good Morning America, and The Huffington Post. Since then, they’ve traveled the world performing in Paris Fashion Week, at half-time shows for the NBA, in Hong Kong’s Chinese New Years Day Parade, and more.

A free 30-minute special lecture precedes the performance at 6:30 p.m. in Babka Theatre.

Tickets for Hiplet Ballerinas can be chosen as part of a flexible season ticket package or single tickets can be purchased from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Farber Box Office, Heritage Center, University of Dubuque, 2255 Bennett Street; by phone at 563.585.SHOW; or online at www.dbq.edu/heritagecenter.